Why Should You Care About the Health of Your Spine?
The health of your spine is central to the health of the whole body.
The spine is the backbone of your ability to move, sleep and function properly. Almost every movement originates from your spine, so taking care of your cervical (upper) and lumbar (lower) spine should be of key importance for athletes, older people and everyone in between.
The spine is the body’s central support and balance structure, protecting your spinal cord and nerves and allowing you to move in many different ways. Every cell in the body is controlled by the central nervous system, and if your spine is not able to support your central nervous system as it should, then many problems can occur from head to toe.
While spinal injuries can be serious in nature- for example a damaged spinal cord can interrupt neural responses and disable sensations in certain parts of the body- they also hinder us from performing the most routine and basic day-to-day activities. Without a healthy spine, everyday tasks and movements such as sitting up straight, bending over, picking up objects, walking, twisting and moving your neck can become difficult or painful, and the inability to move normally, without pain, can negatively impact your quality of life.
Yoga improves the health, flexibility and strength of the spine by improving mobility in the muscles around the spine, improving posture and alignment, strengthening the spine and related muscles, and balancing the body.
Twisting poses, forward folds, poses to strengthen the core, back bends and balancing poses are all very effective and scientific studies have demonstrated how Yoga has both short-term as well as long-term effectiveness in reducing pain and improving spinal health and mobility.